“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” That is the only rule in the hit television series Game of Thrones based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire.
With its fifth season already underway and millions of viewers tuning in every Sunday, Game of Thrones is quickly becoming one of the most popular shows in the world and rightly so.
Game of Thrones is a must-watch show; it is dramatic, suspenseful, shocking, and epic, but also very complex. For this reason, many people who have heard of it do not understand what it is about and therefore choose not to watch the show. However, these people are missing out on a masterpiece.
In simple terms, Game of Thrones is the story of several families who want to be king of Westeros, a world composed of seven kingdoms each controlled by a different family. The king (or queen) of Westeros rules all seven kingdoms.
There are three prominent families in Game of Thrones: the Starks, the Lannisters, and the Targaryens.
The Starks are often considered the heroes in the show. The family is composed of Ned, lord of Winterfell and chief advisor to King Robert Baratheon; his wife Catelyn; their children Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon; and Ned’s bastard son Jon Snow.
While each character has a unique personality and a pivotal role in the story, one thing that holds all the Starks together is their sense of duty, honor, and justice.
Among all the ruling families in the seven kingdoms, the Starks are the only ones who are able to maintain that honor in a land full of corruption and greed.
The Lannisters are the enemies of the Starks, but not all of them are bad. Cersei and Jaime are twins. Cersei is married to King Robert Baratheon, while Jaime is the captain of the Kingsguard, a group of seven knights charged with the task of protecting the king. Jaime and Cersei, despite being siblings, have a very special relationship.
Their younger brother, Tyrion Lannister, is a cunning, intelligent dwarf. Cersei and Jaime resent him because his deformity mars the perfect reputation of the Lannisters, but Tyrion never lets that defeat him. He uses his family’s wealth and power to his advantage to achieve his own agenda in the game of thrones.
Finally, there are the Targaryens who are descended from dragons (now thought to be extinct). Overthrown by Robert and Ned and killed by Jaime in the War of the Usurpur, Aerys Targaryen’s family was forced to flee across the sea to Essos.
Now, there are only two Targaryens left alive, Aerys’ son and daughter Viserys and Daenerys, and they are hungry for their revenge.
Friction between these three families and the Baratheons eventually leads to a full-scale war, where everyone has their own personal agenda and no one is safe. And to make matters worse, winter is coming, and with it comes all manner of monsters and desperate people trying to prepare for a winter that can last years.
No character is guaranteed to live, and that’s what makes Game of Thrones so intriguing. The show is full of plot twists and shocks, spurring emotional reactions from viewers who find it impossible to not get attached to the characters, especially fan-favorites Ned Stark, Jon Snow, Arya, Daenerys, and Tyrion.
Game of Thrones is a show unlike anything out there. It has the largest cast of any show, with about 30 series regulars, all complex and dynamic. There are no good and bad characters; there are only grey characters. Game of Thrones is mysterious, suspenseful, and a must-watch show for anyone who appreciates good television.